30 April 2015

Tote Made With Upholstery Scraps

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Another tote bag I made yesterday, it is made with scraps of upholstery. I've always cut labels from old clothing and saved them, love them, so used an old American Eagle tag and a stamp patch I purchased in Italy years ago, and I added a couple of pieces of vintage lace I purchased while living in Germany.These make wonderful book bags, I use them as a purse and, when I have only a few items from the store, this bag works perfect. I will probably be listing this in my shop. I am going to try and add a Paypal button to my blog so when someone wants, they can purchase directly from my blog.

Buy it now.

This is one of our favorite dishes right now, made it three times in the past couple weeks. They are just so easy and so delicious. They would be great made with a little Italian sausage, but I'm trying to skip meat, at least the majority of time.

Recipe here.

The only thing I changed at all was I added fennel seed, adds so much flavor, if you like fennel.


Finished a tote bag today. Made a delicious salad for dinner. And looking forward to some great things happening tomorrow. 

Lots of good stuff - romaine lettuce, red onion, cucumber, tomatoes, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, avocado, nuts and seeds, red beets, and a little tuna salad. 

 Made with leftover upholstery scraps. Loving it. Trying to decide if I want to list it for sale. :) Probably will. 


We lose ourselves in the things we love,
we find ourselves there, too.

27 April 2015

Busy As A Bee

I've been busy sewing lately. Making things for my kids, and trying to get some stuff made to sell. I really must find an outlet to sell more than what I am selling on Etsy. With this illness and no insurance, the medicine costs are unreal. I did without some of my meds last month, just a bit terrifying since my hospitalization and surgery. I DO NOT want that again. Anyways, a few things I have made this past week. 

A little dress for Ada, which turned out to be one size too big. But she can grow into it, would rather it be too big than too small.
Plain and simple, great for the summer heat. 

And made a little top using the same pattern. Loving the way this turned out, will be fun for her to wear. Made this one size smaller than the dress. It started out to be another dress but not enough fabric. So happy with the top though. Definitely will be able to spot her in a crowd. :)

Finished Ada's Yellow Fox Quilt Top, now ready to start quilting it. 

I had made a market bag with the same fabrics a while back, my daughter took it. Had enough fabric left to make another one. Love it!

Made another bag last night from bits and pieces of fabrics, It turned out beautifully.

 And my daughter sent me a photo of little E's. bed with his fancy fox quilt. Just love it, looks like such a cozy and comforting place to hang out. 

We have a new week to experience new and bigger miracles. 

23 April 2015

Delicious Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Shells

I found this Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Shells on Pink Basil Blog.  I can hardly wait to make this again, we LOVED it. I made my own marinara sauce. It almost seemed sinful that this was so easy and so delicious. I'm weaning myself off meat. Even though I do not eat much meat, only two - three times a week, but the more research I do on my disease, the more convinced I am that I do not need or want to eat meat any longer. I will continue to eat fish every now and then. And if I have company I will cook meat, but for myself on a day to day basis I'm giving it up.

My marinara sauce is so simple, saute some chopped onion in olive oil, add 2 -3 garlic cloves, minced, a couple cans tomatoes, Italian seasoning, dried basil, couple bay leaves, fennel seed. cook it down to the consistency you like. I then use my hand blender to puree it. You can used crushed tomatoes, doesn't really matter.

I followed the recipe exactly, except added more fennel seed to the filling, we like fennel.

So easy! So Delicious!

Recipe here.

13 April 2015

Dutch Baby Pancakes and A Song

For some strange reason I feel having a doctor's appointment gives me a free ticket to eat anything I desire. An appointment coming up tomorrow morning. YUK!!!!!!!!!!!!! Do I need to say I am so over going to the doctor and testing, if not, I am shouting it to the heavens and beyond. 

Anways, made a Dutch Baby Pancake with fresh strawberries and blackberries, topped off with fresh whipped cream, the kind that comes in a bottle, (the best kind). 

photos by spbm

Also, I think I like taking photos of these things.
Here's my recipe for an individual serving:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Add the following in a bowl:
1 egg
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup milk 
(skim, 2%, or whole will work. I use whatever I have on hand)
pinch of salt
dash of vanilla extract
Beat the above ingredients by hand with a wire whisk until smooth, pour into
a preheated small skillet with 1-2 tblsp. of melted butter, that has been melted in the skillet while preheating the skillet.

Top with whatever toppings you like. Sometimes I drizzle honey, lemon juice, and sprinkle with powder sugar. 

You can double the recipe for two, 
and for 3 - 4 servings, use:
4 eggs
1 cup flour
1 cup milk
half stick butter 
(you can actually get by with a little less butter)
1-2 teas. vanilla extract
1/4 teas. salt
follow the above instruction for the remainder of the recipe.
You can use a cake pan for this or a couple of cast iron skillets, be sure they are seasoned,
otherwise, your pancakes will stick.

And today, I have been obsessed with this song:

Spring Has Sprung

 Photos by spbm

Instructions for living a life. 
Pay attention. 
Be astonished. 
Tell about it.” 
~Mary Oliver

 Spring has sprung.

 Vegetable Tart made with fresh veggies - I think I could eat this every day.
I could not believe how good the corn on the cob was. Seems really early in the season
to be so sweet and delicious.

This tart is made with puff pastry, ricotta cheese and parmesan cheese, topped with yellow and zucchini squash, fresh corn off the cob, tomatoes, artichoke hearts, and black olives, with a little olive oil drizzled over the top, and then topped with fresh basil after it comes out of the oven. 
So many things you can put on this tart. 

11 April 2015

Too Many Irons In The Fire

When I planted this little bush it was about two inches high. This year there are several blooms, the most it has ever had in the past are two blooms. 

Stop acting so small.
You are the Universe in ecstatic motion.

I had good intentions, really I did...I was not going to have so many projects going at one time, but, it's in my DNA to have lots of things going on - I'm sure of it. I have Ada's Fancy Fox quilt in the making, another quilt that I'm ready to start quilting, made a gardening apron last night for Ada out of a pair of old jeans, and of course, I need now to make another for the little guy. 
I can't seem to watch a movie or tv show without have something in my hands, so I crocheted Ada a little spring cap last night. And I need to do some serious cleaning in my hobby room but just cannot get motivated to tackle that project. When I have projects going on I do not have a neat and tidy work room. Sewing is a messy hobby. :) There are all the strings, dust from cutting and tearing the fabric, and scraps all over the freakin' place. 

Here are some of my projects happenings this week:

photo by spbm

Photo by spbm

Recycled Denim Apron for Ada.

Photos by spbm

Ready to start add batting and baste to start the quilting process.